Big Homestand Awaits Huskies This Weekend
Oct. 21, 2008
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008
UCLA (5-4-5, 3-1-1 Pac-10) at Washington (8-4-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) 7 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008
San Diego State (3-7-2, 1-2-2 Pac-10) at Washington (8-4-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) 1 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Live Scoring and Live Video At GoHuskies.com
Washington men's soccer will go head-to-head with fellow Pac-10 leader UCLA Friday night as the Huskies return to Seattle for a big conference homestand at Husky Soccer Field this weekend. UW (8-4-1) and UCLA (5-4-5), sitting atop the Pac-10 standings with identical 3-1-1 records, will clash under the lights, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., with potential league title hopes on the line. The Huskies will then host San Diego State (3-7-2, 1-2-2 Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 26, for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Aztecs began the week in fourth place in the Pac-10. UW played both the Bruins and Aztecs on the road last weekend, falling to UCLA, 2-0, and then defeating San Diego State, 2-1, in overtime. The Huskies are the midway point of Pac-10 play, with three more regular season matches to follow this weekend's action. Washington's loss at UCLA last Friday is its only setback in the last eight matches. The Huskies have also excelled on their home pitch with a 4-0-1 record at Husky Soccer Field this season.
Live scoring and live video broadcasts of both games this weekend will be available on GoHuskies.com. Fans wishing to view the games must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access pass but it is free of charge.
In the Rankings:
Washington is receiving votes in this week's NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls, but is unranked according to Soccer America and Top Drawer. The Huskies are ranked 27th according to CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington returns to the friendly confines of Husky Soccer Field this week after a three-game road stint. The Huskies are coming off a split in Southern California last weekend, falling at UCLA, 2-0, before bouncing back with a 2-1 overtime win at San Diego State. UW will have a chance to avenge the loss to the Bruins exactly one week later in Seattle on Friday. In last Friday's meeting, UCLA became the first opponent this season to hold UW scoreless, limiting the Huskies to a season-low six shots. The loss also snapped Washington's six-game unbeaten streak. UW was able to turn things around against the Aztecs, with goals from their two leading scorers - freshman forward Brent Richards and senior midfielder Raphael Cox. Richards put the Huskies up 1-0 in the 55th minute and after SDSU equalized, Cox netted his second golden goal of the year with the gamewinner in the fourth minute of overtime. It was a big result, considering the Huskies have not won at San Diego State under current head coach Dean Wurzberger, the same school where Wurzberger played his collegiate soccer career. Despite allowing three goals on the weekend, UW sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Fung tallied 10 saves in the two matches. Fung has grabbed at least five saves in three of the last four games. He has split time in goal this season with junior Rylan Hawkins. In five games, Hawkins has a 0.84 goals against average and two shutouts. Cox is the team leader in offensive production with six goals, five assists and 17 points. Richards is right behind Cox with six goals and two assists for 14 points, while freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes has two goals, four assists and eight points.
Home Sweet Home:
Washington is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak when playing at home. The streak dates back to last season when UW won its last two matches of 2007 at Husky Soccer Field including its NCAA Tournament first round game with Portland. The Huskies are also 4-0-1 on their home pitch in 2008, the only draw being a 2-2 double overtime tie with California.
Did You Know?...:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger has previous ties to both San Diego State and UCLA. Wurzberger played his collegiate career with the Aztecs (1971-74) and served as an assistant coach on the Bruin staff from 1986-88.
The Bruins are coming off a pair of wins at home last weekend over UW (2-0) and Oregon State (3-0). Goalkeeper Brian Perk was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after totaling nine saves without allowing a goal in 174 minutes of action versus the Huskies and Beavers. UCLA is unbeaten in eight of its last nine matches and share the Pac-10 lead with UW. UCLA's only conference loss was at Stanford (2-1). The Bruins are 1-2-2 on the road this season. Junior midfielder Michael Stephens leads the squad with seven goals and 16 points.
All-Time Series Vs. UCLA:
Washington trails the all-time series with UCLA, 11-18-1 after suffering a 2-0 defeat in Westwood last Friday. These teams have split their two meetings the previous two seasons. Last year, UW won 1-0 in Westwood after the Bruins recorded a 3-2 victory on UW's home pitch in Seattle. It was the opposite in 2006 as both teams recorded wins at home. The Huskies are 6-8-0 overall when playing the Bruins in Seattle.
Scouting San Diego State:
The Aztecs will make a stop in Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State on Friday night before continuing on to Seattle for Sunday's match. San Diego State was swept at home last weekend, falling to Oregon State and UW by identical 2-1 scores. Sitting in fourth-place in the conference standings, the only league win for the Aztecs came at Stanford (1-0). Junior defender Matt McManus leads the squad with four goals, while junior midfielder Evan Toft has the high point total (10) on three goals and four assists. SDSU is 2-2-2 on the road this year.
All-Time Series Vs. San Diego State:
Washington's win over San Diego State last Sunday bumped up the Huskies' edge in the all-time series to 5-3-4. Five of the last seven meetings have reached overtime including the most recent meeting in San Diego. Since the Aztecs joined the Pac-10 in 2005, UW is 2-1-4 against them - the lone loss coming in San Diego in 2006. Last year, these squads played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in San Diego, while UW emerged victorious 3-1 in Seattle. Washington owns a 1-0-2 record against the Aztecs at Husky Soccer Field.
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